PH, Saudi Arabia agree to increase flights

Posted at 09/26/2012 5:08 PM | Updated as of 09/26/2012 11:36 PM

MANILA, Philippines - The Philippines and Saudi Arabia agreed to increase the number of allowed weekly flights to each country to 21 from the current level of 10. 

Both countries amended their air services agreement to allow 21 weekly flights for the Philippines to Jeddah/Riyadh route. 

"The parties signed a new agreement increasing the allowed flight frequency for the airline of each country from the current 10 flights per week to 21," Civil Aeronautics Board (CAB) executive director Carmelo Arcilla said. 

Arcilla also said the two countries agreed to allow unlimited flights between Saudi Arabia and Clark; and the Philippines and Damman. 

The air panels of the Philippines and Saudi Arabia finalized their agreement during talks held from September 24 to 25 at the CAB office. Arcilla is vice-chairman of the air panel, which is headed by Transportation Undersecretary Jose Perpetuo Lotilla.  

Cebu Pacific is already planning to ask for 14 weekly entitlements for Saudi Arabaia, which would allow the budget airline to mount two daily flights. Cebu Pacific is planning to launch its long-haul operations in the third quarter of 2012.